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The Hamilton Follies, cont'd

Over the years, we have several times cast a mournful glance at little Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. This expensive “liberal arts” institution, which is just about to celebrate its bicentennial, has made itself into a poster child for all that is trendy and meretricious in American higher education. At Hamilton, it is business as usual to invite Annie Sprinkle, a porn-star turned “performance artist,” to demonstrate the use of sex toys to students and other members of the community. If there is a writing class to be taught, Hamilton administrators think it clever to invite Susan Rosenberg, the felon and former member of the Weather Underground, to be an “artist- and activist-in-residence.” Ward Churchill, who compared the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to a Nazi administrator, was just the sort of anti-American radical that would appeal to Hamilton, so it was not surprising that the overwhelmingly left-wing faculty should seek to invite him to address the young scholars there. In their latest act of pedagogical irresponsibility, Hamilton has hired Alessandro Porco, a Canadian “poet” whose chief claim to fame are poems celebrating the porn star Jill Kelly, known to her admirers as “The Anal Queen.” It would not be appropriate to quote Mr. Porco’s poetry in these pages. We’ll just observe that in one typical effusion the poet portrays himself, in unspeakably graphic terms, sexually molesting the twin daughters of George W. Bush. One critical observer asked what the response would have been had Mr. Porco decided to focus his pornographic attentions on the daughters of President Obama instead of President Bush. Answer came there none.

That’s a good question, but perhaps even more to the point is the fact that, while Hamilton College is busy hiring smut-peddlers masquerading as poets, it is also dismissing serious scholars like Christopher Hill, the historian and prize-winning novelist, who was recently jettisoned by the school. His sin? Being a white male of traditional scholarly aspiration and accomplishment who specializes in such unfashionable subjects as the origins of common law. There has been a lot of talk recently about “the higher education bubble.” The sound of the gas oozing out is particularly noticeable at institutions like Hamilton, where moral paralysis competes with shopworn radicalism to produce a ghastly travesty of higher education. A few years ago, the public was distressed by Hamilton’s gross irresponsibility, but the consternation eventually gave way to titters: Who could take those spoiled children seriously? Now, we suspect, the dismissive levity will slide slowly into the wearied indifference of contempt. Despite its lavish endowment, Hamilton College, like so many institutions of higher education, is living a posthumous existence. It may continue to twitch, like a severed frog’s leg stimulated by electric shock. But the vital spirit is gone, a victim of institutional suicide.


This reproduced without permission from The New Criterion, September 2011, p.3, to which all alumni should subscribe.


Posted on August 26, 2011 at 05:42PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments11 Comments

Hamilton College covers up in an attempt to hide relevant facts from applicants, students, alumni and parents?

Evidently, the scrubbers are out on the Hamilton College website to modify the name & background information that is presented to the world. Modify the name & modify what a google search turns up, so as to omit the unsavory stuff? See the latest Comments on Scholarship at Hamilton College.

Hamilton College should be proud of what it is doing and should welcome the spotlight.  This is a discussion one might have with a third grader…  “[insert child’s name], you shouldn’t do things of which you’re not proud.”

The problem is that the administration & faculty are proud of this, they just don’t want parents, prospective students, existing students, and alumni to know. And do tell, where are the trustees? Or do they condone this activity?

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 08:48AM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Scholarship at Hamilton College (v 1.0)

From the sex clubs of Montreal to your children. It’s now called scholarship at Hamilton College… or fraud.

The trustees and administration continue to deliver the results of their leadership and vision. A new mission statement: 

“Hamilton puts the ‘loco’ in loco parentis!”



Posted on August 13, 2011 at 12:17PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments33 Comments

A warning to college parents and grandparents

A warning to college parents and grandparents

See p. 2 for the legacy of She Fears You.

Posted on August 12, 2011 at 02:09PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments1 Comment

Hamilton ranked #71st in Forbes top 200 ranking?

Did we get this right? Perhaps Forbes was unaware of the faculty’s thought leadership on fracking?



Posted on August 5, 2011 at 11:45AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments3 Comments

Educational priorities?

A large number of Faculty turns around a letter, in about 72 hours we understand, which emotes and protests the possibility of natural gas exploration in upstate NY.  The priorities are clear.

Below are the statistics from the Wingspread Group on Higher Education as published in ACTA’s Becoming an Educated Person.

  • 26.2 % of recent bachelor’s degree recipients earned not a single undergraduate credit in history;
  • 30.8 % did not study mathematics of any kind;
  • 39.6 % earned no credits in either English or American literature; and
  • 58.4 % left college without any exposure to a foreign language.

Alumni should ask for information as to Hamilton’s numbers on the same issues. We know Hamilton’s policy on core curriculum & required courses: there are none.

What are the educational outcomes of this policy?

Alumni don’t know, although we do have some insight to an inclination to She Fears You and a disinclination to fracking.

Posted on August 1, 2011 at 09:25AM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

An alternative to the faculty letter: create an educational gas royalty trust

Here’s an alternative to the faculty letter: Hamilton College should lease some gas rights to its land (presuming it retains the rights), take the royalty payments, and cut tuition by that amount. It would be a courageous example of extracting the highest & best use of assets, completely co-strategic with the core mission, and beneficial to the economic well being of the entire community. Kind of like an educational gas royalty trust…

We won’t hold our breath.

excerpt from A Tale of Two Shale States

The Manhattan Institute study shows that a quick end to the moratorium would generate more than $11.4 billion in economic output from 2011 to 2020, 15,000 to 18,000 new jobs, and $1.4 billion in new state and local tax revenue. These are conservative estimates based on a limited area of drilling. If drilling were allowed in the New York City watershed—which Governor Andrew Cuomo is so far rejecting—as well as in the state’s Utica shale formation, the economic gains would be five times larger.

Consider New York’s Broome County, which borders Pennsylvania and from which you can spot nearby rigs. The county seat of Binghamton ought to be a hub for shale commerce, but instead its population is falling as its young people leave for jobs elsewhere.

A study commissioned by the county in 2009 found that Broome could support up to 4,000 wells, but drilling even half that number would create some $400 million in wages, salaries and benefits; $605 million in property income from rents, royalties and dividends, and some $43 million in state and local tax revenue.

The Broome analysis pointed to Texas, where Chesapeake Energy paid Dallas Fort Worth International Airport $180 million for drilling rights on 18,000 acres of airport property—$10,000 per acre. The airport receives a 25% royalty on the natural gas produced by airport wells—more than $28 million in fiscal 2008. The study also noted the boon that rising oil and gas property values have been to Texas landowners, tax authorities and school districts.

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 01:40PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments8 Comments

Hamilton College faculty: hydrofracking to have "significant negative impact" on College 

Your gifts & tuition dollars at work in the letter below which we understand was submitted today.

Next on the faculty agenda for September: we hear closing Gitmo! Hey, hey, ho, ho!

Quel embarras de richesse! The imbecility must cause an awful headache for the trustees (Advil anyone?). More worrisome, the visibility of failure of institutional management, of core mission & quality control. The stuff just keep stacking up. It’s obvious old hat, and people will ask one day, “How did this happen?”. The response that ‘everyone is doing it’ may prove unsatisfying from the perspective of legacy.

Oh, look! Just today in the WSJ: Academia’s Crisis of Irrelevance

And the band plays on…

Dear President Stewart, Members of the Senior Staff and of the Board of Trustees,
     As you may know, an existing state moratorium on the drilling of new high-volume hydraulic fracturing natural gas wells expired on July 1 and the Department of Environmental Conservation delivered a Revised General Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) regarding hydrofracking in the state shortly thereafter.  This has cleared the way for large scale hydrofracking to begin in the state.  The focus of gas exploration in New York State has thus far been in the Marcellus shale formation which does not quite extend into our region.  However, there is currently intense interest in exploring for gas in the Utica shale formation, over which Clinton and most of Oneida County sits.  A coalition of landowners who collectively own more than 10,000 acres in New Hartford, Vernon Center, Paris and other local towns has already contracted with a consulting group to negotiate with gas companies on their behalf and several landowners who live in Clinton have signed leases with gas companies, including the Cranes, who live just up the Hill from the College.  Unless there is governmental intervention, it seems very likely that hydrofracking will happen in our area in the not too distant future.
     We believe that local hydrofracking would have a significant negative impact on the College.  Even if hydrofracking could be done “safely”, the associated activity would essentially turn our area into an industrial zone.  Well pads would be littered throughout the region, destroying the natural beauty of the area and there would be a high degree of noise and light pollution during the drilling of wells.  Furthermore, the amount of heavy truck traffic in the area would increase dramatically.  To drill and frack one well requires more than 1000 trips by 18-wheel vehicles to transport water and fracking fluids. Each well pad can contain up to 30 wells and each well can be fracked up to 18 times.  The associated noise and impact on roads from that amount of heavy vehicle traffic would be significant.
     Thus far, the industry has not been able to demonstrate that hydrofracking can be done safely.  Most of the press coverage about environmental effects of hydrofracking has focused on the contamination of water used in the drilling process.  The 2005 National Energy Policy Act exempts hydrofracking activities from compliance with a host of environmental regulations, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Superfund Act, among others, and the industry has thus far thwarted attempts in Congress to pass the proposed “Frac-Act,” which would restore most of those protections.  This means that energy companies do not need to disclose the identities of any of the compounds used in fracking fluids and that there is little to no government oversight of fracking operations.  Numerous incidents have been reported in other states where hydrofracking activity has contaminated drinking water wells and watersheds with toxic chemicals originating in fracking fluids and with natural but harmful substances released from the earth in the fracking process.  If hydrofracking were to be done in our area, the potential for damage to local water resources is high.
     What has received less attention, but is perhaps a more problematic issue, is the air pollution associated with hydrofracking.  Like the noise and aesthetic damage caused by hydrofracking, air pollution is a guaranteed effect.  At a minimum, there will be pollutants released through all of the diesel exhaust used in the fracking process.  This includes exhaust not just from all of the heavy vehicle activity used in the relatively short term drilling and fracking of the wells but also from the compressors and separators that will run constantly over the twenty-five year lifetime of all of the active wells in the area.  Furthermore, in addition to producing natural gas, active wells produce numerous other volatile compounds, including hydrogen sulfide, which is an acute poison, benzene, which is a potent carcinogen, and radioactive radon gas, among many others.  These non-desirable volatiles are usually flared off of wells and released into the atmosphere.  There is also a non-trivial amount of uncaptured natural gas that is constantly being released from wells.  Instances of the release of unusual amounts of volatiles can have immediate, acute health effects but more importantly, the slow and constant release of diesel exhaust and volatile organic compounds leads to the formation of ground level ozone.  Air sampling in areas of the country with large scale hydrofracking that are in highly rural areas with no other heavy industry has found that concentrations of ground level ozone is as high as the levels in the city of Los Angeles.  Ozone at levels this high causes lung damage that will lead to greatly increased levels of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the local population, especially in children and the elderly.
     It is hard to imagine that the College would not be severely impacted if hydrofracking activity begins in the area.  Students and their parents are attracted by the College’s beautiful natural surroundings and by the fact that the campus is quiet and safe.  That natural beauty will be largely destroyed and informed parents who understand the dangers of spending four years in an area with active hydrofracking will discourage their children from applying or attending.  It will also be more difficult to attract faculty and staff; who would want to move to an industrial zone to start a career and raise a family?  There may even be established faculty or staff who choose to leave the College instead of facing the noise, pollution and potential health threats brought to the area.  Current and potential employees of the College will also likely be affected financially.  In areas of the country with hydrofracking activity, property values have dropped by as much as 75% on properties with active leases and up to 14% on properties without leases but within 1000 feet of a well. Currently, eleven local banks have policies, following HUD rules, prohibiting a mortgage on leased properties and on homes within 300 feet of a leased well site boundary (not the actual well site location), insurance companies will not insure these properties and title insurance is affected as well.  Potential new hires will be discouraged from coming to an area where purchasing a home is a very poor investment and existing homeowners may find that their homes will become worth less than the balance remaining on their mortgages and could not be sold if doing so was desired.
     This is a matter of serious concern for all members of the College community as well as local residents.  It is also a matter of concern for alumni, who are profoundly attached to the College in part because of its beautiful rural character.  Upon returning to the Hill for reunions, alumni might be greeted by a landscape marred by drilling operations.
     We believe that the risks of hydrofracking in our area greatly outweigh any potential economic benefits. The Town Board has recently passed a one year moratorium on gas drilling in the Town of Kirkland to allow time for the board to study the issue and decide on how and if to limit drilling activity in the town.  We urge the College to take an active role in discussions at the town level, and also to advocate at the county and state level, to preserve the College’s interests and the quality of life that we currently enjoy.
Frank Anechiarico
Joyce Barry
John Bartle
Carole Bellini-Sharp
Rebecca Bodenheimer
Charles Borton
Jennifer Borton
Debra Boutin
Karen Brewer
Heather Buchman
Jean Burr
Alan Cafruny
Alistair Campbell
Peter Cannavo
Wei-Jen Chang
Timothy Chapp
Natalia Connolly
Emily Conover
Myriam Cotten and Dan Farrell
Cindy Domack
Katheryn Doran
Andrew Dykstra
Stephen Ellingson
Todd Franklin
Michael Frederick
David Gapp
Christophre Georges
Erin Glaser
Barbara Gold
Steve Goldberg
Nathan Goodale
Kevin Grant
Naomi Guttman
Martine Guyot-Bender and Larry Bender
Tina Hall
Lydia Hamessley
Robert Hopkins
Stephenson Humphries-Brooks
Jennifer Irons
Maurice Isserman
Marianne Janack
Derek Jones
Tom Jones
Esther Kanipe
Robert Kantrowitz
Shoshana Keller
Alfred Kelly and Sharon Kelly
Robin Kinnel
Philip Klinkner
Robert Knight
Larry Knop
Catherine G. Kodat
Mireille Koukjian
Anne Lacsamana
Chaise LaDousa
Doran Larson
Craig Latrell
Michelle LeMasurier
Charlotte Lee
Herman Lehman
Ted Lehmann
Scott MacDonald
Seth Major
Joseph Malloy
Russell Marcus
Robert Martin
Michael McCormick
Jacquelyn S. Medina
Jeremy T. Medina
SueAnn Miller and Frank Price ‘68
Rebecca Murtaugh
Peter Millet
Perry Nizzi
Onno Oerlemans
Kyoko Omori
John H. O’Neill
Mary O’Neill
Patricia O’Neill
Steve Orvis
Ann Owen
Phillip Pearle
Colleen Pellman
Sam Pellman
Bill Pfitsch
Catherine Phelan
S. Brent Rodriguez Plate
Jeffrey Pliskin
Deborah Pokinski
Nancy Rabinowitz
Peter Rabinowitz
Douglas Raybeck
Robert Redfield
James Ring
Sharon Rivera
Ian Rosenstein and Sarah Rosenstein
Monk Rowe
Carl Rubino
Janelle A. Schwartz
Franklin Sciacca
Richard Seager
Martin Shuster
Robert Simon
Jeremy Skipper
Jane Springer
Jesse Sprole
David Stoughton
Nathaniel Strout
Katherine Terrell
Bonnie Urcioli
Christopher Vasantkumar
Jonathan Vaughan
Zhuoyi Wang
Douglas Weldon
Richard Werner
Ernest Williams
Sharon Williams
Maria Willstedt
Thomas Wilson
Steven Yao
Penny L. Yee


[ ed comment: letter verbally confirmed with source, not independently verified. Apologies to anyone left off the list erronously or by fault of timing.]

Posted on July 20, 2011 at 10:18AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments57 Comments

AHI sponsors students at Fourth Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on the American Polity

The event is hosted by the James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions and Princeton University. What a wonderful achievement for these students of Hamilton. See the link for details:

The Fourth Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference on the American Polity

We note without surprise that Hamilton College’s website is silent [remarkably terse] on this exciting scholarship of its own students, at least that we have found. Nevertheless, it takes time to celebrate and advise the world that Low Carbon Day is April 14th

First things first, don’t you think?

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 01:04PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments5 Comments

A Golf Story

Updated on April 22, 2011 at 01:24PM by Registered Commenterhb

Same story, just a different course at Bowdoin: A Golf Story

Since everyone seems at a loss to find sensible criteria to identify ideological skewness on campus, may we suggest the same criteria by which Course Ratings are derived.

Course Rating is a measure of the difficulty of courses for a scratch golfer… The rating is expressed in strokes and decimal fractions of a stroke, and is based on yardage and other obstacles to the extent that they affect the scoring ability of a scratch player. Course Rating used to be based solely on length. The longer the course, the higher the rating. But obstacles, in addition to distance, are now part of the consideration.

Consider a well qualified applicant a sratch golfer, and just apply the same criteria to the probability of encountering intellectul diversity.  

We’ll hold with skewness of distribution, seeing no benefit in addressing platykurtic distributions.

[ed - we asked for and received permission to reproduce the article below]

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Posted on April 22, 2011 at 10:22AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments6 Comments

Hamilton College claims She Fears You program required by the federal government

According to the Observer-Dispatch of April 13, 2011, a statement by Hamilton College said, “The federally required programming presented by Hamilton College has been misrepresented by the Jefferson Center.“ 

Are we to understand that the federal government required Hamilton College to

  • select, present, and pay for She Fears You?
  • advise students that attendance was mandatory for male freshmen?
  • seek a statement of personal complicity in the culture of rape from each male freshman?

Based on informal  discussions with competent (and we believe comtemporaneously sober) counsel we have been given to understand the statement by Hamilton College as reported in the OD is not true in either content or context. However, we realize the need for statutory explication and will ask the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education to comment. Stay tuned. 

Posted on April 17, 2011 at 10:29AM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Hamilton College wins prestigious Jefferson Muzzle award for abridgement of free speech

First, a bit about the award, extracted from the website of The Thomas Jefferson Center:

The Jefferson Muzzles are awarded as a means to draw national attention to abridgments of free speech and press and, at the same time, foster an appreciation for those tenets of the First Amendment.

Because the importance and value of free expression extend far beyond the First Amendment’s limit on government censorship, acts of private censorship are not spared consideration for the dubious honor of receiving a Muzzle.

Unfortunately, each year the finalists for the Jefferson Muzzles have emerged from an alarmingly large group of candidates. For each recipient, a dozen could have been substituted. Further, an examination of previous Jefferson Muzzle recipients reveals that the disregard of First Amendment principles is not the byproduct of a particular political outlook but rather that threats to free expression come from all over the political spectrum. (http://www.tjcenter.org/muzzles/)

The nomination of Hamilton College:

For taking political correctness to the extreme by requiring all first-year male students to participate in an ideologically based program that assumes the complicity of men in maintaining a culture of rape, a 2011 Jefferson Muzzle Award goes to… The Administration of Hamilton College (New York).

The award (excerpted below, see link for full details):

… as an institution of higher learning that promotes itself as being committed to teaching students to “think for themselves,” it fell short of its promise in this instance. Requiring first-year men to attend a presentation billed as a “cognitive and emotional intervention” speaks of forced indoctrination that is the very opposite of freedom of conscience and thereby earns the Hamilton College Administration a 2011 Jefferson Muzzle

We can not control our indignation at such a weak showing.  8th place?  Hamilton College was robbed.  No doubt Hamilton’s administration put forth a very strong effort in the She Fears You matter, and certainly the College has a strong track record and history in this arena, but evidently Hamilton’s efforts to take the crown have been insufficient. 

Will Hamilton redouble its efforts in the future? We shall see.

Posted on April 13, 2011 at 11:32AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments44 Comments

Do the parents of students & trustees of Hamilton College support 'Happy Masturbation Monday'? 

A reader sent this in.

Those of delicate sensibility may be shocked.  Some parents may be distressed to know that their tuition dollars are funding such initiatives or corrupting their children, some of whom were in high school last May. Others may dismiss this as unrepresentative frivolity or stupidity of the Animal House type. The problem with that analysis is that there is a long documented history here. This is a significant part of the fabric of today’s Hamilton College.

Alumni who know what’s going on will not be suprised: they’re asked to fund the fraud of edutainment and aspirations of cultural re-education on the shining city on the Hill.


From: The Womyn’s Community Center <womyn@hamilton.edu>
Date: Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 4:41 AM
Subject: Womyn’s Energy Week Events begin TODAY with an INTERNATIONAL Sexpert and a campus visit from Planned Parenthood!
To: EVENTS-ALL@listserv.hamilton.edu

Womyn’s Energy Week On the Hill:  Be Happy and Healthy (Down Under)


Happy Masturbation Monday (Yes, girls do it too!)…

We’re breaking taboo’s today starting with

Sexual Health Myths: Debunked

Stop by the Planned Parenthood Information Table in the Sadove Cafe Area between 10am and 3pm  and speak with a Planned Parenthood representative about everything sexual health! 

You can even sign up for free STD testing at the Planned Parenthood Utica location!

*Note, due to recent NY state laws, Planned Parenthood will NOT be offering free on campus STD testing, as was previously planned*

 And later, 

 Have you ever thought to yourself: 

1. “It’s dull lovers, not condoms, that make for dull sex”—Jay Friedman 


2. On Blue Balls:

  “If guys’ claims that they’ll explode were true, you’d hear explosions all over campus every single night.”—Jay Friedman

Then you should come take a study break at 7pm in the Events Barn to see the international SEXPERT Jay Friedman present his RENOWNED lecture performance

“The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All”

All events open to all genders

Sponsored by the Womyn’s Center

Posted on April 11, 2011 at 09:16AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments4 Comments

Heather McDonald offers some analysis and advice

Neither students nor parents will get this perspective from the administration (c.f. She Fears You at Hamilton College) Are One in Five College Women Sexually Assaulted?

More here.

Don’t believe all the stuff you hear … certainly not from Hamilton College administrators or the programs they endorse or make mandatory as the case may be.  Do your own homework.  Don’t assume they have or want to.


Posted on April 5, 2011 at 03:17PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments3 Comments

Students sponsored by Alexander Hamilton Institute recognized at 4th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference at Princeton

This is a powerful display of scholarly quality … for both the students and the Alexander Hamilton Institute.  We commend them all, and thank Mr. Wilson for this honor.


From: Bradford P. Wilson <[deleted]@princeton.edu>
Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 8:21 AM
Subject: Re: Princeton Conferences
To: Robert Paquette <[deleted]@theahi.org>

Dear Bob,

I wish to thank you, Professor Ambrose, and the [Alexander] Hamilton Institute for your participation in the 4th Annual Undergraduate Scholars Conference last weekend at Princeton University.  I especially wish to thank your students, Noah Bishop and Thomas Cheeseman, for their superb presentations of their first-rate scholarship.  I can imagine how proud you must be of these young men, who exemplify the virtues we associate with a liberal education.  Their admirable performance at Princeton University has secured a permanent invitation to the [Alexander] Hamilton Institute to recommend its affiliated students as presenters at future Undergraduate Scholars Conferences — one of which, I can hope, will be hosted by the [Alexander] Hamilton Institute.




Bradford Wilson, Ph.D.

Executive Director

James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions

83 Prospect Avenue

Princeton, NJ 08540

[deleted phone number]



Not all the accomplishments of the students affiliated with th Alexander Hamilton Institute are noted or publicized by Hamilton College. Some may find it surprising that Hamilton College won’t support or celebrate all the accomplishments of its own…evidently the successes have to be of the type that get the approval & support of Communications & Development and the administration. 

We invite the trustees to comtemplate the strategic issue of quality of scholarship on campus … and of the administration that won’t support its own students. 

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 01:23PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments4 Comments

Alexander Hamilton Institute announces 4th annual colliquium

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

The AHI has announced on its website (http://www.theahi.org/initiatives/ ) details of the Fourth Annual Carl B. Menges Colloquium, “Law, Technology, and American Constitutional Government:  Curing the Mischiefs of Faction in the 21st Century.”  This wonderful event, organized by Professor Ted Eismeier, AHI Senior Fellow and Professor of Government, at Hamilton College, will take place April 14-16, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona New York, a few miles from the Hamilton College campus.  The colloquium will have a distinguished group of participants from the fields of law, philosophy, history, and political science.  Marc Elias (Hamilton, 90), Firmwide Chair of Political Law at Perkin Coie, will keynote.  The posting has information about participants, reservations,  and schedule.

During the academic year 2010-2011, the AHI is has achieved, by any reasonable standard, considerable success. A sampling:

1. Michael Rizzo, an economist at the University of Rochester and an AHI Senior Fellow, has created a branch of the AHI (AHI-West) in Rochester. We intend to have an official announcement about this exciting development in the weeks ahead.  

2. We have received several grants, including one from the Thomas W. Smith Foundation to support three years of thematic programming, starting in the fall, 2011.  The theme is most timely: the idea of limited government and its relation to free markets and personal freedom. 

3. The AHI will be co-sponsoring with the James Madison Program a major conference on the historical scholarship of one of this country’s most eminent historians, Eugene D. Genovese, on 25 March at Princeton.

4. We are particularly proud to announce that two of our AHI undergradauate fellows, Thomas Cheesman and Noah Bishop, have been invited to present papers at a prestigious conference for undergraduates at Princeton University on 26 March.  Mr. Cheeseman, from Chardon Ohio, will present on “The Natural Rights Dilemma:  Organic Order and the Constructivist Fallacy”; Mr. Bishop, from Summit, New Jersey, will present on “Rational Belief in the Existence of God.”

Needless to say, the AHI would not exist without the continuing support of a dedicated friends.  We intend in the months and years ahead to impress you far more with deeds than with words.  We thank you and look forward to your attendance at the April colloquium.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time by email or phone. 


Bob Paquette

Co-Founder, Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization

[ed note - posted here with minor modification for context with the presumption of permission by the author]

Posted on March 6, 2011 at 01:56PM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Al Gore to Give Hamilton Commencement Address

Story here

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 08:34AM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments3 Comments

Hamilton College presents Prison Writing as Prison Activism: Linking Inside Witness and Outside Agitation

From: [removed]@hamilton.edu>
Date: Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 10:14 AM
Subject: Prison Writing as Prison Activism: Linking Inside Witness and Outside Agitation
To: EVENTS-ALL@listserv.hamilton.edu

Diversity and Social Justice Project
Faculty Brown Bag Series

Prison Writing as Prison Activism:  Linking Inside
Witness and Outside Agitation

Prof. Doran Larson
English and Creative Writing

February 15, 2011
Sadove Sunporch

12:00 pm
Lunch will be provided*

“…Within the controlled spaces of the prison, the
structure of power is universal: men and women live

inside boxes, cages or cells; guards operate doors

and gates, grant or withdraw privileges, and mete out

punishment; and all of these activities are carried on

within the walled or fenced perimeters of the prison


The DSJP hopes the Brown Bag Series will encourage lively and engaged

exchanges organized around faculty scholarship and research. To that end,
we invite you to email [removed]@hamilton.edu if you wish to receive a copy of
Doran’s paper in advance of the talk.

* first come, first served, for the first 20 people.Diversity and Social Justice Project
Faculty Brown Bag Series

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 06:53PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments8 Comments

Alexander Hamilton Institute & James Madison Program co-sponsor Slavery & Southern History: The Work of Eugene Genovese

Friday, March 25, 2011
Slavery and Southern History: The Work of Eugene Genovese
A One-Day Conference
Cosponsored by the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization
See Program for Session Times, Lewis Library 120, Princeton University

Posted on February 9, 2011 at 06:26PM by Registered Commenterhb | CommentsPost a Comment

Publius Society Announces Spring Schedule

The Publius Society is a student group that meets monthly with faculty and local citizens to consider contemporary issues of American constitutionalism. The topics for the spring, 2011 semester are:

  • “The Rise of Constitutionalism in American Politics” February 7
  • “The Case for and Against Earmarks” February 28
  • “Money and Politics Before and After Citizens United” April 4
  • “Obamacare in the Courts” May 2

The Publius Society meets at 7PM at the Alexander Hamilton Institute. The Hamilton community and the public are cordially invited to meetings


More than 100 students participate in the programs of the Alexander Hamilton Institute.  This is remarkable when you consider the scholarly nature of the programs, the incremental work required of the students to prepare for the programs, and the fact that the students receive no academic credit for their participation. Of course, the sponsoring Fellows of the Institute volunteer their time and receive neither compensation nor course relief for their efforts.

The quality of scholarship & programming of the Alexander Hamilton Institute is open for all to see and judge.

We are pleased that the Registrar’s Office of the College has posted each event on the master calendar. We are informed that Communications & Development rejected the brief story as above for the College’s news feed. 

[ed - Apologies for the original posting which included an inaccurate statement. The current version has been modified to reflect the updated facts of the two sentences.]

Posted on January 18, 2011 at 02:52PM by Registered Commenterhb | Comments3 Comments